Five press freedom organizations issue joint appeal to United Nations

first_img Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge March 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five press freedom organizations issue joint appeal to United Nations Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation Related documents mar_7_sri_lanka_letter-2.pdfPDF – 66.49 KB News Read the letter : News July 29, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trialcenter_img Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Cartoonists Rights Network International, International Media Support and the International Federation of Journalists released a joint letter today urging United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to support Sandhya Eknelygoda’s battle to find out what happened to her husband, Sri Lankan cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda, who went missing more than a year ago in Colombo. News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information to go further July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Sri Lankalast_img read more

La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s defamatory comments in a magazine interview about the only independent media outlet operated by Djiboutian journalists. The sole aim of Guelleh’s lies was to deflect attention from the complete lack of press freedom in his country, RSF says. Guelleh, who might run for a fifth term as president next April, made his defamatory comments about La Voix de Djibouti (LVD), a radio station and Web TV, when asked about press freedom in Djibouti in an interview for the French monthly Jeune Afrique. He called it “an opposition website based in Brussels” and described its journalists as “sometimes barely literate fellows.” He also claimed that he had “imprisoned no one.” It is hard to utter so many falsehoods in just two sentences.But the Djiboutian regime’s propaganda doesn’t bear examination. LVD’s headquarter are in Paris, not Brussels, and its reporters in Djibouti have to work clandestinely to escape the regime’s persecution. They have been arrested at least six times in the past year or so, as RSF has documented and reported at the time.Far from being illiterate, most of LVD’s journalists have university degrees and some have taken journalism courses abroad. And most of them speak several languages.While LVD’s fans may include members of the opposition, it is independently funded and its editorial policy is to allow all viewpoints to be expressed. RSF has seen its financial records for 2018 and 2019 and confirms that it received no funding from the Djiboutian opposition.Its programming and content provide space for independent opinions, debates and reporting that are not tolerated in Djibouti, where only the state media are allowed to operate and are forced to relay the regime’s propaganda.LVD often invites members of the government. For example, Abdourahman Mohamed Allaleh, the ruling coalition’s vice-president, was recently invited to debate the latest developments with a member of the main opposition party. Government supporters and members are repeatedly asked to express their views, but rarely accept, as RSF has been able to confirm by looking at messages received by LVD’s director.Without LVD’s vital reporting, many matters of public interest, such as the impact of recent flooding, police violence and examples of corruption and nepotism would have gone uncovered. It was in recognition of the important work it carries out in extremely difficult conditions that LVD was included in the list of nominees for this year’s RSF Press Freedom Prize, which was awarded yesterday.“No, LVD’s journalists are not opposition illiterates,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The president’s comments about the only independent media outlet run by Djiboutian journalists are slanderous and are designed solely to deflect attention from the complete absence of press freedom in his country. No matter how serious, these completely mendacious accusations deceive no one. This media outlet produces quality work with few resources and a great deal of courage. Its provision of a space for expression, information and debate is absolutely essential and prevents Djiboutians having to rely on the regime’s propaganda as their only source of information.”When asked by Jeune Afrique why Djibouti has no privately-owned media, Guelleh simply said, “They’re expensive” and “the market is limited.” This is totally duplicitous. No mention of financial problems were raised when LVD requested a licence in 2015. The laconic response from the authorities, which RSF has seen, simply said: “The national communication commission in charge of issuing licences is not yet operational.”Despite repeated subsequent requests, LVD is still waiting for a licence. As for the national communication commission, its creation was envisaged in a law on freedom of communication that dates back to 1992.Djibouti is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. Follow the news on Djibouti Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked August 4, 2020 Find out more Organisation News December 9, 2020 La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says July 17, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression News RSF_en News DjiboutiAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expression Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City Djibouti releases two journalists Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh attends ceremonies marking the 41st anniversary of Djibouti’s independence in Djibouti on June 27, 2018. Houssein HERSI / AFP to go further June 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Philanthropist Margaret “Peg” Palmer, Founding President of Pacific Asia Museum, Dies at 100

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Many hands make light work of New Year’s bash

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentNewsMany hands make light work of New Year’s bashBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 826 ALMOST 2,000 people have been recruited and resourced in just eight weeks for Limerick City of Culture 2014’s New Year‘s Eve extravaganza.Details of the pageant  and City of Culture ‘NYE Sky’ have been unveiled with a promise of being “the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event” Limerick has ever seen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The spectacular end-of-year bash promises to transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music, with both skies and terra firma being brought to life.According to a press statement this week, the difficult task of creating this world-class show has been achieved in an “impossibly tight timeframe”. Involved in putting together this breathtaking project were: producer Joe Clarke, creative director Paul Boland, University Concert Hall, LITMT, Lime Tree Theatre, Murt Whelan Sound, Frontline Theatre School, Spotlight Stage School, Expressive Arts, Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Choir, Cantet, Limerick City Hall, Peter Dee’s Academy of Music, Limerick Gospel Choir, Honest Arts, Music Generation, The Learning Hub, and many more on third level co-operative education placement.City of Culture chief executive Patricia Ryan is now predicting “the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen” on December 31.“The City will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick as the National City of Culture 2014,” she said.“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are extremely substantial. It’s hugely encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen,” she added.From 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, a procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the River Shannon to the Medieval Quarter.Son et Lumiere, will turn the city and its night skies into a live storybook using cutting edge digital mapping and special lighting effects which will be projected onto Limerick’s historic buildings. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music will bring ‘The Story of the Boy who Looked for the Trout’, written by local playwright Mike Finn, to life.There is an open call for children and adults in Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. For more information contact #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Get ready for the New Years Eve Firework display in Limerick City TAGSCity of CultureMusic LimerickNew Year’s Eve Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMunster favourites over FrenchNext articleEditorial – lend me your ear to fix the problem Alan Jacques center_img Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

WHO confirms 4 of 8 reported bird flu cases in Egypt

first_imgApril 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The deaths of four Egyptians have been laid at the door of avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today, while Egyptian officials’ case tally has reached twice that number.In addition, an Egyptian was diagnosed with avian flu in Jordan late last week, though he contracted the disease in Egypt, according to news services.A WHO collaborating laboratory in the United Kingdom has confirmed that four Egyptians were infected by the H5N1 virus, the WHO announced in a news release today. Those four cases had previously been identified through testing in Egypt. Two of the patients died, and two have recovered.Those confirmations bring the WHO total to 107 fatalities out of 190 confirmed H5N1 cases.A fifth Egyptian patient, an 18 year-old-girl from the Kafr el-Sheikh governorate in the north, has tested positive for H5N1 in Egypt, but confirmatory tests by WHO are pending, the agency said. She is still in the hospital undergoing treatment.Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities say they have confirmed three more human cases of avian flu, news reports said.Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali told Reuters news service yesterday that two sisters, also from Kafr el-Sheikh, have tested positive for the virus. One girl is 6 years old; the other is 18 months. Both handled dead birds, el-Gabali told Reuters, and both were in stable condition. Blood tests on close family members were negative, he added.In addition, an Egyptian man who has been working in Jordan was diagnosed with H5N1 there on Mar 31 and was in stable condition, according to the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news service. He apparently is the first person in Jordan to have an H5N1 infection. The first bird outbreaks in Jordan were reported about 10 days ago.The man, a 31-year-old construction worker named Abdul Fattah Ahmed Mess’ed, has worked in Jordan the past 4 years, said Saeed Darwazeh, Jordan’s health minister, as quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) in a Mar 31 report.Mess’ed arrived at the Red Sea port of Aqaba on Mar 28 on a boat from Egypt, Darwazeh said. He was sent to the Karak state hospital, south of Amman, where tests identified an H5N1 infection. Additional tests by a WHO lab were pending, the AFP story said.Mess’ed was said to have had contact with infected birds in Egypt, AFP reported. Six people who shared an apartment with him were put under observation, authorities said on Mar 31.Meanwhile, as India completed the culling of about 225,000 poultry to prevent the spread of H5N1, a senior official told AFP today that he anticipated finding more cases this week.Bijay Kumar, animal husbandry commissioner for western Maharashtra state, said that test results were expected soon on poultry samples from a 580-square-mile area that encompasses 100 villages. Officials were ready to start culling again if necessary, he added.In Russia, avian flu has stopped a traditional spring bird hunt, according to a United Press International report today. Local officials have banned the spring hunt in Kamchatka, a peninsula in northeastern Siberia that is visited by migratory birds from Japan, China, and Korea.See alsoWHO update on cases in Egypt read more